Charles Dickens: Portsmouth to Pickwick, The Journey to Doughty Street by Derwin Hope


‘48 Doughty Street is now the only remaining house in London where Charles Dickens lived and is available to be visited as The Charles Dickens Museum. But few realise the incredible journey he took from his birth in Portsmouth on Friday the 7th February 1812 to his arrival in Doughty Street some 25 year later. A decade on after these events he began draft of some of that journey but the pain of those years was so great that he ceased and thereafter kept it hidden within himself, revealing only fragmentary pieces from time to time.

As best as I can, I have now gleaned up those insights given in his own words and pieced them together in a compendious whole to reveal exactly what he went through on his way to becoming one of the most famous and popular authors the world has ever known. It reveals how, from his beginnings in Portsmouth, he descended into acute humiliation, child labour and abject poverty as well as going through a love affair and a death, all of which tore him apart - before finally emerging, due to his own incredible resolve, into the triumph of "Pickwick" that began his great career as a novelist. "David Copperfield" was also a great novel, but it was fiction. This is the true reality, as revealed by him, of his journey from Portsmouth to Pickwick and what made him the person he had become by the time he reached and lived at 48 Doughty Street. It is an amazing story and provides the real and true background to his later life and brilliant career.’ - Derwin Hope

104 pages, paperback.



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